Purchase the book Right to Recover

Right to Recover ~ Winning the Political and Religious Wars Over Stem Cell Research in America presents scientific facts that challenge readers to think for themselves rather than accept political or religious views on stem cell research.


This book is available by request in bookstores nationwide.

RIGHT TO RECOVER is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Current Events: Political/Social of the National Best Books 2007 Awards. Amazon Best-selling book in biomedical category.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

More countries approving stem cell research

Brazil has approved research on embryonic (blastocystic) stem cells. When will the US get on board to help find cures for diseases that affect millions of Americans? Why let other nations beat us to the technology? 

Grandmothers Impacting Election Campaign

Rayilyn Brown, Board Member AZNPF Arizona Chapter National Parkinson Foundation reports:

While we have not stopped the war and people are still dying unnecessarily, Bush and McCain have been run out of the Phoenix Convention Center due to the actions of Grandmothers for Peace, Women in Black, Code Pink, and such anti-war groups.

Here's the story by Mike Sunnucks for the Phoenix Business Journal from Friday, May 23, 2008 - 7:06 PM MST

Poor ticket sales, expected protests scuttle Bush-McCain fundraiser at Phoenix Convention Center.

A Tuesday fundraiser headlined by President Bush for U.S. Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign is being moved out of the Phoenix Convention Center. Sources familiar with the situation said the Bush-McCain event was not selling enough tickets to fill the Convention Center space, and that there were concerns about more anti-war protesters showing up outside the venue than attending the fundraiser inside.Another source said there were concerns about the media covering the event.

Bush's Arizona fundraising effort for McCain is being moved to private residences in the Phoenix area. A White House official said the event was being moved because the McCain campaign prefers private fundraisers and it is Bush administration policy to have events in public venues open to the media. The White House official said to reconcile that the Tuesday event will be held at a private venue and not the Convention Center Convention Center personnel confirmed the event has been canceled at their venue. Tickets to the event were to range from $1,000 to $25,000 for VIP treatment. Money was to go toward McCain's presidential bid and a number of Republican Party organs.

Anti-war protesters were planning to be out in force. President Bush's job approval rating stands at 31 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.com. The McCain campaign referred questions on the fundraiser change to the White House press office.

Friday, May 30, 2008

FDA Human clinical trials on stem cell therapies

The FDA is considering allowing human trials for embryonic stem cell therapies.

April 10th was a hearing, and the transcript is available online, at the FDA page. (http://www.fda.gov) The search box is at the upper right corner of the page, type in embryonic, then choose the April 10th hearing transcripts if you want to read the complete word-by-word testimony. Some parts of the hearing were closed, but you can definitely get the message.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Germany Relaxes Law on Stem Cell Lines

The deadline for researchers to import embryonic stem cell lines for medical research was Jan. 1, 2002. After the German parliament's upper house approved a law last week, Scientists are now be able to import stem cell lines created before May 1, 2007.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Man with Quadriplegia Able to Breathe after Stem Cell Therapy

Here's a fascinating story that shows stem cells able to improve medical conditions such as quadriplegia. Why does anyone have to go to India to receive stem cell treatment? Why aren't modernized countries caring more about their sick than about their religion and politics?

Read about Perry Cross, a man who is now able to breathe without a respirator after stem cell therapy in India.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Religion Interferes with Technology that Could Save Lives

Fear and ignorance keeps many people from supporting technologies that could change our world for the better. Read more at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080215151215.htm

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A movie about stem cell research

A movie is being made to help people understand why stem cell research is so important.

Dr. Shelley Chawla, A Kansas doctor wanting to help his patients says, "America and the world have lost eight years of important research. I want to help my patients." 

The neurologist made the film after watching his  patients suffer from devastating diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Presidential Candidates and Stem Cell Research Bill

Candidates on both sides of the political aisle largely supported a bill on Wednesday that would force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. All of the Democratic candidates for president voted for or supported the bill while Republican candidates were split on the issue. Read the story on LifeNews.com

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Unfertilized Human Egg Stem Cells used in Development of Treatments for Liver Disease

International Stem Cell Corporation's human parthenogenetic stem cells are created from unfertilized human eggs and do not involve the destruction of fertilized embryos, yet share with conventional human embryonic stem cells the ability to differentiate into all tissue types. They also are the first step in solving one of the major obstacles to stem cell therapy, the rejection of implanted cells by the patient's own immune system.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Stem Cell Research Breakthrough in UK

Lawmakers in UK approved plans to allow the use of animal-human embryos for research. The decision brought strong opposition from religious leaders, anti-abortion campaigners, and a large number of lawmakers.

Scientists seeking to use mixed animal-human embryos for stem cell research into diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are on a moral mission to improve and save millions of lives.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Fifty percent of couples donate leftover blastocysts to research

Nearly 50% of couples after undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) chose to donate their surplus, "embryos" (actually they are a lump of cells called a blastocyst) for stem cell research. When a couple understands that their leftover cells are going to be thrown away, they make an informed decision: they would rather have them used for research to help find cures than to put them in the trash or flush them down the drain. Makes sense to me.

Read the results of a report by the Spanish Stem Cell Bank in an April 26, 2007.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

In-vitro cells do not always implant

Did you know that most "embryos" produced during IVF in-vitro processes do not result in a live birth?

Read more on Science Daily...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Attitudes toward embryonic (blastocystic) stem cell research is changing

If only more people were truthfully informed about the topic, more people would support this important and promising research. Read an article about a poll/study here...

Right to Recover gives the facts and shows how the medical community and media are propagating opposition by calling the research by a name which suggests that a human baby is being formed inside a woman's womb. In spite of the fact that the research is called "embryonic" stem cell research, this is simply not the case. The cells that are beginning to show promise and potential for healing of many diseases is performed on a blastocyst in a lab (petri) dish.  The ones not used by the donating parents are being thrown away. Wouldn't you rather have them put to good use to find a possible cure for a disease like diabetes or spinal cord injury. 

Friday, May 16, 2008

Breakthrough in stem cell technology

Geron has granted a license to STEMCELL Technologies to develop, manufacture and sell cell culture media and matrix surfaces for research use only. 

Read the entire story on Forbes

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Unsuccessful Efforts of Stem Cell Research Opponents

Coalition Chairman Donn Rubin issued a statement on the Unsuccessful Efforts of Stem Cell Research Opponents.

The citizens of Missouri won an important victory on Sunday, May 4, when anti-stem cell activists failed to collect enough signatures to place on the November ballot their dangerous proposal. It would have jeopardized Missourians' right to access federally approved research, therapies and cures - a constitutional right approved by Missouri voters only 18 months ago.

Read more here . . .

Saturday, May 10, 2008

US Patent for products using stem cells

Carlsbad-based Invitrogen gets the legal right to sell products made by using embryonic stem cells, under the deal with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The foundation has been issued U.S. patents to the underlying technology for growing primate and human embryonic stem cells. Invitrogen would not disclose the terms of its deal.

A number of stem cell researchers, led by Jeanne Loring of The Scripps Research Institute, are suing to invalidate the patents. The researchers say the patents are unjustified and are slowing down their work, which they say may lead to new treatments for incurable diseases.

Read the whole story...

Friday, May 9, 2008

Medical society won't back proposed ballot issue to allow research.

After five years of supporting embryonic stem cell research, the Michigan State Medical Society changed its policy to a neutral position on the controversial issue that may appear on the November ballot.

The doctors' new neutral stance was among three potential health-related election issues that did not get endorsed or opposed by the state's largest medical group at its annual delegates meeting. The issue of embryonic stem cell research will appear on November's ballot

Read more . . .

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Can stem cell therapy help arthritis and auto-immune diseases?

I got this from a writer friend who is also a reader of my book. I want to share it with you. I'll keep you posted on her journey and progress.

Dear Yvonne,

Since I have known you, your book (RIGHT TO RECOVER) have been in my mind.

Not long ago, my niece developed symptoms of arthritis and auto-immune diseases and she is in pretty tough condition. She has been to a number of physicians--all of whom have failed to help her. After I thought about her condition, I mentioned you and your book. I suggested she look into stem cell therapy.

She called this evening to tell us she has an appointment with a doctor in NY. She has done her research and feels the procedure holds promise for her. Luckily, she kept the cord from their 1-year-old daughter and there is a chance that stem cells will help her recapture her prior good health.

Thank you, Yvonne, for educating me and helping my niece.

We will never know all the good that comes from our writing. But just knowing that good will come of our work is the finest reward that anyone could ask for.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Stem Cells and spinal injury patients

Advances in stem cell research offer hope for spinal injury patients!

While there is no cure for a spinal cord injury, advances in several research areas have been made in clinical research that could lead to one. Other therapies have helped to restore some function in spinal cord injured patients.

Take a look at some efforts at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24413378/